Portland: Three Iranians indicted for fraud, money laundering

via Three Iranians indicted by Portland federal grand jury for fraud, money laundering | OregonLive.com.

Three Iranians living in Texas were indicted by a federal grand jury in Portland for illegally funneling money to Iran, U.S. District Court officials said today.

Hossein Lahiji, 47, of McAllen, Texas, Najmeh Vahid, 35, of San Antonio, Texas and Ahmad Iranshahi, 53, of Tehran, Iran, were indicted for conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

In a news release, federal officials said the three transferred Lahiji’s and Vahid’s purported donations totalling more than $1.8 million to the Portland charity the Child Foundation, investing the funds in Iran in violation of the U.S.’s Iranian embargo.

Lahiji and Vahid, a married couple, retained interest and control in Iran over a significant part of the transferred funds, but then claimed them as deductions to reduce their U.S. income tax liability. Lahiji and Vahid are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in San Antonio ext week. Iranshahi is a fugitive.

“It is imperative that the donating public have confidence that charities providing overseas services, are operating in compliance with all applicable U.S. laws,” said U. S. Attorney Dwight Holton. “These defendants are charged with going to extraordinary lengths to conceal the transfer of large sums of money in violation of the trade restrictions with Iran that have been in place for well over a decade. This prosecution will help restore confidence in the integrity of charities.”

Federal court officials said the defendants funneled the cash through Swiss bank accounts, and disguised cash transfers as food commodities from the United Arab Emirates.

Further, the indictment alleges, the Child Foundation provided funds “for a large portion of the overhead and operational expenses in Iran. Iranshahi, the head of a related Iranian entity, took control of the funds once they reached Iran, and provided deceptive records and receipts for auditors and regulators in the U.S.”

Official said the charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The conspiracy to commit money laundering has a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a $500,000 fine.

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5 thoughts on “Portland: Three Iranians indicted for fraud, money laundering

  1. Good MODERATE American muslims, they wouldn’t do that, they love America. I stand by my story that there isn’t any moderate muslims if they were they would be speaking out about this type of stuff. Americans are blinded to what these people are doing and it will cost them..Peace to all non-muslims :-)

  2. Particular examples of three Iranians, Muslims, etc being convicted for fraud do not prove much. What is much more revealing are more objective surveys of members of different groups (ethnic, religious).

    In the U.K. if you Google the words “fraud” and “convicted” and then look at the names of those convicted, you find obviously foreign or Muslim names heavily over-represented.

    This is doubtless easier to do in the U.K. than in the U.S. because of the “melting pot” nature of the U.S.

    Also a study done by someone at Sussex University in the U.K. showed that electoral fraud is much more widespread in Musim areas than other areas (a point that has been blindingly obvious to the British population for years).

    • the compilation of examples of Muslims & Islamic charities to to flaunt US laws to aid/abet jihad/sharia proves plenty…this is just another on the list


    And when Singapore leaders had talked about such over-representation, the perpetually Islamic cry-babies cry even louder about victimisation by the biased policies of the Singapore Governmnt which make their lives difficult.

    Fortunately in Singapore, we have tough laws and good, wise, caring, hardworking and understanding Muslim leaders who knew that their priority was to look into the malaise afflicting their Islamic community, and finding solutions for them, instead of playing a game of blaming the non-Muslims for all or most of their self-inflicted malaise.

    Such islamic backwardness is to be expected as Muslims are allowed and encouraged to tell lies, blame others for their lack of successes and progress and to break promises so long as it is for their religion (under their doctrine of taqiyya). And since they believe their Quran cannot be wrong, such as the deadly poison that Ali-Imran 3:118-120 is perpetually injecting into the Muslim minds, their many problems and over-represention for social ills and crimes must be because the Quran was correct—-non-Muslims have been always sabotaging them and hindering their progress!

    Thankfully, there is remarkable progress made by Singapore Muslims. And to this date the 2007 academic record for the highest marks scored in our torturous Primary School Leaving Examination is still held by a pure Malay-Muslim girl—294 out of 300 marks.

    May ALLAH be praised!

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